The Week Ahead: The Lemon Twigs, Ruby the Hatchet, The Wood Brothers, Reef the Lost Cauze, and more

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Ruby the Hatchet | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

One of the week’s most anticipated concerts, Kacey Musgraves at The Fillmore, is long sold out, but fear not: there’s still a terrific variety of live music at your fingertips this week. Here are 13 concerts you can see in the next seven days all around Philly. 

Monday 1/14: Karuna at Boot and Saddle

Percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake teamed up last year under the Karuna banner, and this winter will release a second album together, Chi, enlisting saxophone player Dave Liebman for a set of ethereal, rhythmic meditations. Tonight the project, alternately known as Liebman Rudolph & Drake, plays an Ars Nova Workshop show at Boot & Saddle. Read A.D. Amorosi’s interview with the band here. // 7 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Tuesday 1/15: The Lemon Twigs at Boot and Saddle

Long Island’s D’Addario brothers, Brian and Michael, have been making glam-tinged rock and roll as The Lemon Twigs since 2014. Their debut 2015 cassette What We Know caught the ear of Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, who produced 2016’s label debut Do Hollywood. Last year, they followed it up with Go To School, a 15-song musical about a chimpanzee raised as a human, and it features contributions from Todd Rundgren, Jody Stephens of Big Star, and both of the D’Addario’s parents. The band brings it to Boot & Saddle Tuesday night. // 8 p.m., $18, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Tuesday 1/15: Karl Blau at Space 1026

Washington state singer-songwriter Karl Blau is an affiliate of the long-running DIY minded K Records community, and has been releasing music since 1997. His most recent albums, 2016’s Introducing Karl Blau and 2017’s Out Her Space, came out by Bella Union Records, and featured a uniquely spacey take on roots and Americana. Blau comes to Chinatown Tuesday night for a show with Friendship, Act Of, and Slow Ref at the slowly-in-the-process-of-winding-down-and-relocating art hub Space 1026. // 7 p.m., $8, AA // INFO

Wednesday 1/16: Ruby the Hatchet at World Café Live

Heavy psychedelic rock five-piece Ruby The Hatchet headlines upstairs at World Café Live this Wednesday as part of the venue’s Retro City Studios January residency celebrating the Germantown recording space’s ten-year anniversary. Ruby The Hatchet recorded their 2015 ripper Valley of the Snake at Retro City, and it solidified their hard-hitting hazy style. The band’s most recent output was 2017’s Planetary Space Child. // 7:30 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO

Wednesday 1/16: Radiator Hospital at Boot and Saddle

The 2019 Peace and Noise benefit series at Boot and Saddle continues this Wednesday with Philly’s Radiator Hospital, who fuses punk charisma and pop melody to perfection. Joining them on the show are goth-fi four piece Corey Flood and indie rock trio Tact, and the gig benefits criminal justice reform nonprofit Decarcerate PA. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/17: Alejandro Escovedo at World Café Live

Veteran singer-songwriter has been on the scene for more than 40 years, beginning with the California punk band Nuns, continuing through several other acts and into his own prolific studio output, which continues to this day. Last year, he released his 12th studio album, The Crossing, a candid look the immigrant experience in America in the 21st Century. He headlines World Café Live this Thursday. // 8 p.m., $27, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/17: Ohmme at PhilaMOCA

Chicago’s Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham have been making jagged and harmony driven pop-rock as Ohmme for the past five years, and last year released Parts on Joyful Noise recordings. The harmony-driven songs are driven by math-y complexity with a strong sense of earworm hooks, particularly on the single “Icon.” The band headlines an all ages show Thursday at PhilaMOCA. // 8 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/17: Steady Hands at Boot & Saddle

The Lame-O Rock Residency continues this week at Boot and Saddle with Steady Hands, the anthemic punk collective led by Modern Baseball drummer Sean Huber. The band released its Truth in Comedy LP last year, and will be joined at this show by No Thank You (the moving fuzzrock project of singer-guitarist Kaytee Della Monica) and Mike Bell backed by The Lame-Os. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/18: Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven at World Café Live

Two things that happen in Philadelphia every January without fail: the mummers will do something provocative and problematic, and David Lowery will bring his two seminal bands – college rock era cerebral popsters Camper Van Beethoven, alternative era twangers Cracker – to World Café Live downstairs. The latter’s 2019 visit to town happens this Friday. // 8 p.m., $27, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/18: Gina Chavez at Philadelphia Folksong Society

We last saw Austin singer-songwriter Gina Chavez on stage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 2018, giving campers a taste of her Lightbeam EP. Her first release since 2016, the project continues her exploration of roots, Latin pop, and rock and roll, and she’ll bring it back through the area this Friday for a show at the Philadelphia Folksong Society’s venue in Roxborough. // 8 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/19: Reef the Lost Cauze at MilkBoy

On his latest outing, The Majestic, renowned Philly MC Reef the Lost Cauze takes on the superficiality of the hip-hop scene, the divisiveness of the Trump administration, and just about everything you can imagine in between. Reef always commands listeners’ attention, whether its through a club PA or headphones on the go, but this set might be the most urgent he’s ever sounded. We can’t wait to see The Majestic come to life at MilkBoy on Saturday. // 9 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/19: The Wood Brothers at Union Transfer

One Drop of Truth is the sixth album that finds Colorado brothers Chris and Oliver Wood dabbling in blues, roots, and soul in the vein of The Band. They played a standout set at last year’s NonCOMM-vention at World Café Live, and this Saturday night return to the World Café Live stage. // 8 p.m., $27, AA // TIX + INFO

Sunday 1/20: Beano French at Johnny Brenda’s

Suave crooner Beano French has been a consistent presence in the city’s hip-hop and R&B scenes for the past decade, first getting notice in 2010 for his collabs with Chill Moody and branching out into his own work in the years since. This Sunday he closes out one week and kicks off another with a headlining set at Johnny Brenda’s. // 8 p.m., $20, 21+ // TIX + INFO

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